What is Hard Water?

Hard water occurs naturally. As water travels through the ground, it comes in contact with and picks up minerals such as calcium and magnesium. These two minerals dissolved in water make it hard. Water hardness levels are measured in grains per gallon or parts per million (PPM). If your water measures as little as one grain per gallon of hardness, you have hard water. The more grains per gallon of hardness, the harder the water.

According to the US Geological Survey, 85% of water in the United States is hard. Whether the water in your home is supplied by a well or the city, you likely have hard water. Though drinking hard water is not considered a health risk, hard water is the cause of many problems in your home. It may even be the reason for many skin and hair issues.

Symptoms of Hard Waterhard water vs. soft water

How to Treat Hard Water 

A water softening system is used to treat hard water. Water softeners use ion exchange to replace the hardness minerals in water (calcium and magnesium ions) with sodium ions to make the water soft. Once the water is soft, it will be better for your skin, hair and many things around your home, like your fixtures, appliances, plumbing, clothing and tableware. Learn more about how a water softener works here.

Kinetico offers several water softener options . Our state-of-the-art non-electric, multi-tank water softeners provide a continuous supply of soft water that’s better for you and your home.

To find out the condition of your water, including its hardness level, you should have your water tested. Contact your local Kinetico dealer today to schedule a free water test and to get a quote. Your local water expert can then discuss the best water treatment solutions to meet your needs.